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Undergraduate Education

The Department of Geosciences covers a wide range of fields, and actively promotes interdisciplinary study and research. Students with an interest in structural geology, tectonics and geophysics, geochemistry, petrology, mineral physics, geochemistry, biological oceanography, paleontology, paleoceanography, paleoclimate and environmental geology will find most of their research and educational needs. 

In addition the Department has associated programs in water resources (shared with Civil Engineering), materials science (in collaboration with the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials) and environmental science (Geosciences is currently the leading department within the Princeton Environmental Institute).

Atmospheric and ocean sciences are an integral part of the Department, but most of the AOS research activities take place at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.

Many departmental graduate courses such as the following are available to the undergraduate major:

500 Field Geology, 501 Physics and Chemistry of Minerals and Materials, 515 Metamorphic Petrology, 518 Petrology Seminar,   541 Regional Structural Geology, 543 Rock Fracture, 552 Global Seismology.


Contact Us

Undergraduate Work Committee

Adam Maloof, Undergraduate Department Representative

Jessica Irving, Senior and Junior Adviser
David Medvigy
, Senior and Junior Adviser
Daniel Sigman, Freshmen and Sophomore Adviser


Other Department Contacts

Bess Ward, Department Chair
Nora Zelizer, Department Manager
Sheryl Robas, Graduate/Undergraduate Coordinator